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The Nazis Strike (1943)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short, War | 1943 (USA)
The official World War II US government account of Nazi international aggression leading up to the British and French declarations of war.

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Frank Capra (uncredited), Anatole Litvak (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Eduard Benes ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Neville Chamberlain ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clementine Churchill ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Galeazzo Ciano Galeazzo Ciano ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Édouard Daladier Édouard Daladier ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Léon Degrelle Léon Degrelle ... Himself - Leader: Rexist Party, Belgium (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anthony Eden ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hermann Göring ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Konrad Henlein Konrad Henlein ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rudolf Hess ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Huston ... Narrator (uncredited)
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In this installment of the Why We Fight propaganda film series, we see the events of Nazi Germany's diplomatic and military acts of international aggression. One by one, we learn of the Nazi's consistently underhanded and relenting violation of every promise of peace and exploitation of their foes's attempts of appeasement until the invasion of Poland September of 1939 which led to Britain and France finally taking an armed stand against Hitler. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nazi Strike: Blitzkrieg! See more »

Filming Locations:

Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Production Co:

U.S. War Department See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the year 2000, the United States Library of Congress mandated that this film (and the other six documentaries in the 'Why We Fight' series)were "culturally significant" and selected them for preservation in the National Film Registry. See more »

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Narrator: In the Middle Ages, a plague of slavery descended on the world. Out of the wilds of Mongolia came a mighty army of fierce horsemen, led by Genghis Khan. Burning, looting, pillaging, the barbarian horde swept across Asia and Eastern Europe. Genghis Khan conquered most of the world of the thirteenth century. Adolf Hitler was determined to outdo him, and conquer all the world of the twentieth.
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Americans should watch these films today!,
8 March 2007 | by Tankard22See all my reviews

This great film is composed mostly of documentary footage is currently contained on a DVD along with Prelude to War. The great American filmmaker and story teller Frank Capra made these films which simply and clearly call attention to the main points that caused World War II and Hitler's rise.

Every school child, nay, every American should watch these films today because they are so apropos. History has been repeating itself over and over again! The Lord Chamberlains are still alive and kicking; the tactics used by the Nazis of infiltrating countries through sympathizers and then the Communists and now by Muslim terrorist groups, are still working to these evil group's advantage.

By sitting back and letting Hitler as early as 1935 be aggressive - France, America and England caused over 50 million people's deaths. Americans, French and British today would happily let Hitler do exactly the same thing despite the fact that we should have learned from history what happens when you let dictators break treaties.

These great films may be too simplistic for World War II history buffs. They don't tell the horrors that the Soviet Union caused simply because at the time America was teamed up with them, fighting Hitler. This film does tell the plain facts and motives that led to the terrible war.


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